Am I eligible?

You can get free school meals and school clothing allowance if the school is maintained by the council and you receive one of the following:

  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Universal Credit
  • Child Tax Credit only with an annual income of less then £16,190
  • Pension Credit - Guarantee Credit
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 

To be eligible for school clothing allowance the child must be in year seven or nine.

All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in a council maintained school are eligible to have a free school meal. This is is called a Universal Free School Meal

How do I apply?

Make a claim now [Please check special circumstances before applying]

You don't need to make a claim for a free school meals or school clothing allowance if you already receive or have applied for housing benefit or council tax support. We will use the information and evidence you have given us to confirm your entitlement.

Special circumstances 

  1. Nursery - they must attend a council maintained nursery for a full day. Full day means that they must go in the morning and in the afternoon. This education must be free.
  2. Children aged 16 to 19 -  they must attend one of the following sixth form colleges
  • Kearsley Academy
  • Turton
  • Thornleigh
  • Canon Slade
  • Firwood and Rumworth
  • Rivington and Blackrod
  • St Catherines Academy 

Students attending any sixth form are eligible to make a claim. If the sixth form is not listed above you will need to contact the college directly.

What if I'm receiving support under immigration or asylum?

If you are receiving Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 you must contact Achievement Cohesion and Integration Service (ACIS)

Check if you're entitled to housing benefit or council tax support

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